Mental Health Services

Health written question – answered on 16th April 2012.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Liberal Democrat, East Dunbartonshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what estimate he has made of the cost saving to the Exchequer resulting from the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme;

(2) how many (a) patients were treated and (b) therapists were trained under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme in each quarter of the last four years.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The impact assessment on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme that was carried out in February 2011 estimated that over the four-year period of the spending review from April 2011 to March 2015 the IAPT programme will create net savings to the national health service of £272 million and a total saving of £302 million to the public purse. This figure does not include the cost and benefits of the development of IAPT services for children and young people, people with long-term physical health conditions, people with medically unexplained symptoms and people with serious mental illness which have yet to be quantified.

The following table gives the number of people who have entered treatment since the IAPT programme started in October 2008. The figures for Quarter 4 2011-12 will be published on the NHS Information Centre website in June 2012.

People entering treatment
  Number
2008-09  
Q3 17,401
Q4 26,391
   
2009-10  
Q1 23,074
Q2 21,991
Q3 61,703
Q4 75,179
   
2010-11  
Q1 83,946
Q2 89,775
Q3 92,682
Q4 116,735
   
2011-12  
Q1 120,844
Q2 126,949
Q3 129,287

The numbers of therapists that have successfully completed training in the first three academic years of the programme are as follows: 871 in 2008-09, 1,530 in 2009-10, and 822 in 2010-11; a total of 3,223. In the current academic year an additional 496 trainees have started IAPT training courses (January 2012) and more will be starting later in the academic year.

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